Getting a job at a big company is supposed to equal success. You're seen as someone who has made it, someone who has achieved career success. Your family and friends will be proud of you. But what if you're not happy at your job?
What if you hate going to work every day?
Is that really success?
One of the greatest decisions we make in our lives will be what we decide to do for work, and what we hope to achieve by doing it.
From an early age, the expectation to grow up and earn our place in society is ingrained in us. Go to school, study, and get a good job at a good company.
But what if when you do get a job you're not happy? What if you feel like you're stuck in a dead-end job and you don't know what to do? The truth is you can land a job at a big brand company and still not be satisfied.
It's important to remember that your career is not your life. Just because you're not happy with your career doesn't mean you're a failure. There are many successful people who have had jobs they didn't like. The key is to find what makes you happy and pursue it.
PRIDE IN WHERE YOU WORK
No matter where you work, be it a large company or a smaller company, it's important to feel proud of what you do. You spend the majority of your waking hours at work, so it's crucial that you're happy with what you're doing.
When you're proud of where you work and what you do, it shows in everything you do. You're more engaged and motivated, and that leads to better work and a better relationship with your employer. And when you feel good about your work, it's easier to be successful.
Work offers us unique opportunities for social engagement, a sense of achievement, and the ability to learn. According to the article 'The Power of Pride at Facebook' by Lori Goler. The most important driver of employee engagement at Facebook is pride in the company as a good employer to work for. When employees feel proud to work for a company they are more satisfied, more committed and more successful at what they do.
The below three factors play a key role here:
Optimism: How much do employees believe in the company’s future?
Mission: How much do employees care about the company’s vision and goals?
Social good: How confident are employees that the company is making the world a better place?
So what does this mean for you? It means that if you want to be happy, you need to choose a company that you would be proud to work for. A company whose mission you believe in. A company that is making the world a better place or doing good and helping others. Career success isn't just about just getting any job or not necessarily at only big companies. It's about finding a company that you're proud to work for. One that you believe in and that is making a difference. A place to work where you can be passionate about what you do.
So, even if you're not working for a big brand name company, don't discount the importance of feeling pride in what you do. That's the kind of success that will last.
WHAT TO VALUE IN A JOB BESIDES THE COMPANY NAME
There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a new job, not just the company name. Considering you'll be spending a lot of time at work, it's important to find a place where you're happy and can progress in your career development. Being happy is the first step to anything that we want to do successfully. Otherwise, you'll just be going through the motions, counting down the days until the weekend. And is that really what you want?
Some important factors in a job to consider include:
- work that you love
- work that you are good at
- working on something meaningful
- challenging and interesting work
- career growth potential
- ideal work location
- learning and development
- salary and benefits
- cultural fit / internal company culture
- positive work environment
- the team you work with
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T ONLY FOCUS ON THE COMPANY NAME
For some people, the name of the company they work for is more important than anything else. They believe that if they can just land a job at Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Coca-Cola or Google, they will finally be happy and successful. Get a job at a big, well-known household name like these and you won’t have as much explaining to do to friends and family when they ask where you work. The same goes when you’re talking to recruiters. It means they've made it. They are successful. But is this really true?
Other people care less about the name of the companies they work for and more about what the company does. They want to work for a company that is making a difference in the world, or one that is working on something they are passionate about.
Then there are those who just want a job. They don't care where they work as long as they have a steady income and can support themselves and their family.
In most cases, landing a job at a big company is not the key to success. Sure, it may look good on your resume and you may make a decent salary and receive good employee benefits, but if you're not happy with what you're doing, is that really success?
When you focus too much on the company name, you're missing out on other important factors that are just as, if not more, important. The company name is not everything. There are many other things to consider when looking for a job, such as career growth potential, the work itself, the people you'll be working with, and company culture.
Focusing on the company name can also lead to disappointment if you don't get the job or if the job doesn't meet your expectations. It's important to remember that a big name brand does not guarantee career success or happiness.
There are many successful people who have had jobs they didn't like or didn't care about the company name. The most important thing is finding a career that you're passionate about and that challenges you. If you can find a job that meets all of those criteria, then you're on the path to career success, regardless of the company name.
When looking for a job, it's important to find one that meets your criteria. This means finding a job that you're passionate about, that challenges you, and that has career growth potential.
When it comes to career success, don't settle for a job that doesn't excite you. Instead, actively choose to do something you are passionate about. It's also important to find a job that you can see yourself in for the long haul. Find a career that you're passionate about. A job that hopefully makes you excited to go to work every day. That's the kind of success that will last.
The takeaway here is to not get too caught up in the name of the company. Sure, it's important, but there are many other factors to consider when looking for a new job. Consider all of the above factors before making your decision about whether or not to apply for a job. Career success is attainable regardless of the company name, so don't let that be your only focus.
More importantly, focus on finding the right fit. It's about finding a career that you're passionate about and working for a company that you believe in. I've provided a list of things to consider when looking for a new job, so you can find the perfect career for you.
Can you think of any other factors to consider? Let us know in the comments section below.